On Twitter, Sanchez wrote of her trip that ‘‘the minutes are as intense as hours. Everything is beautiful!’’
On her blog, Sanchez wrote of fellow Cubans offering support in Havana as she boarded her flight and of Venezuelans on the plane who befriended her but asked that she not put their photos online, to avoid trouble with their own socialist government.
After a layover in Panama, Sanchez began the longest leg of her initial journey. Once in the air heading toward Brazil, she wrote, she felt a ‘‘sense of physical and mental decompression. As if I had been submerged for too long without being able to breathe, and now managed to take a gulp of air.’’
‘‘So far everything is going well,’’ she ended the blog entry. ‘‘Brazil has given me the gift of diversity and affection, the possibility to appreciate and tell of so many astonishments.’’
Associated Press writers Peter Orsi in Havana and Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.